McArthur voices further concern about broadband delays

Following the publication of the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government, Orkney’s MSP Liam McArthur has again voiced his concerns about delays in implementing the rollout of high speed broadband.

The so-called R100 programme was part of a commitment by the Scottish Government to deliver 100% access to 30Mbps internet across Scotland by 2021. Earlier this summer, the 2021 deadline appeared to have been quietly abandoned. In her statement to parliament this afternoon, the First Minister again chose not to set any specific timeframe for delivery of the promise.

Commenting, Liam McArthur said:

“The commitment to deliver high speed broadband to 100% of premises by 2021 is welcome but the First Minister now appears to have ditched the deadline completely. With no timeframe, it is difficult to see how households and businesses can plan ahead.

“Questions have already been raised as to whether the programme will actually connect up outlying areas first, the so-called ‘inside out’ approach. Now comes uncertainty over the deadline for delivery.

“As the Scottish Government must know, promises are easy but it is the delivery that matters most to islanders who have been waiting too long for the broadband service they need”.

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